The Kingsleys in 1870s Colorado reveals the story of how one Englishwoman, Rose G. Kingsley, the eldest daughter of an Anglican clergyman, arrived in the newly-founded town Colorado Springs in November 1871 to organize the first reading room, the first music concert, and the Fountain Society of Natural Science. Rose’s brother, Maurice, was already in Colorado, inspired to emigrate by city founder, William J. Palmer, a Civil War veteran and President of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway, and his English business partner, William A. Bell. The cultural influence of Rose and Maurice Kingsley was such that the town was soon referred to as “Little London.” In the summer of 1874, the Reverend Kingsley sojourned in nearby Manitou Springs for six weeks with Rose on her return visit, at the same time his brother, Dr. George Kingsley, M.D., was assisting the 4th Earl of Dunraven to create a ranch in Estes Park, Colorado, an adventure that would soon become dangerous when a Dunraven employee shot “Rocky Mountain Jim.” For the first time, the full story is told of the international investment intrigue behind the Kingsleys in Colorado.

October 2021    332 pages     6×9 in    b&w photograph section

ISBN# 978-1-943829-35-4   softcover   $19.95


About the Author

Tamara M. Teale is a scholar and writer specializing in the American and European 19th-century in all its social and economic aspects. She attended universities in Colorado Springs; Colchester, England; and Stony Brook, New York. She was a near life-long resident of Colorado Springs and currently resides in Pueblo, Colorado.